Unhelpful Attachments

Peace, one and all…

Beloved ‪Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (as) said:

‘The one who attaches his heart to the world has attached his heart to three things: endless worry, false expectation and an unattainable hope.’
(al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 320, no. 17)

The dervish path is about gradually detaching our hearts from all that is other than God, which is generally what is meant by ‘the world’. This world itself is temporal, born in the midst of time and one day to perish within in it too. Moreover, this world is not our true home, we are only passing through. As such attaching our hearts to that which is purely ephemeral will cause us pain and suffering. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the beautiful things we see and experience in this world. Rather, we should strive to understand that all things are temporary, and the enjoyment we felt resides within the heart, not outside of it.

To know the difference we need to ask ourselves honest questions: where does my true centre lie? Where does my attention go? Where do I place my trust and hope? How stressed am I? What is causing those worries and anxieties? If we feel ill at ease, it could well be a sign that we have attached our hearts to something unworthy and unhelpful. Recognition is the first step on the road to resolution, and I say this to myself first of all.

May our hearts be opened, that we might see where our true hopes are placed.

Ask olsun! May love increase!


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